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Hawaii County police continue investigation of attempted SUV theft last October

Hawaii island police continue to investigate an attempted car theft at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Oct. 8.

According to a police news release today, a 20-year-old Volcano man found a male suspect attempting to steal his SUV. The suspect exited the SUV and got into a truck parked beside it as the victim attempted to detain him. The suspect assaulted the victim before getting away in the truck, which was last seen traveling west on West Kawili Street.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, and at least 200 pounds with a heavy build and a fair complexion. He was wearing pants and a T-shirt over a black long-sleeved shirt. His face was partly concealed.

The truck was described as an older model, foreign make, two-wheel-drive pickup truck that was light in color with a darker bed.

Detectives continue to check nearby locations and buildings for the existence of video surveillance.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity of the suspects or anything else about this case to call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wendall.carter@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the CrimeStoppers number at 961-8300.

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